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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our rich, roasted black ale inspired by the strong stouts exported by Great Britain in the 1800's to the Russian Czar's court.

Editor's Note: ABV changed to 10.5% in 2008 (was previously 9.5%).


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4.2
Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
100% opaque, very dark head, all looking the way it should be. Salami, roasted malts, and smoke. Intense intense flavor with a very good chocolate finish. Vigorous palate, rich but still revealing some carbonation. Excellent in limited quantities, this is a Imperial Stout of the first order.

4.1
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
2005: Pour is black with a thin skin of a dark brown head...smell is smokey and toasty...smoked meat indeed...taste is sweet and mildly toasty with some chocolate, smoke, light coffee...nice...

4.1
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 (Bottle) Pours think oily black body with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and smoked meat. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter finish.

3.8
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Nose-smoked pork, jerky. Taste-big ’ol wallop of metal, bacon, smoked ham, charred oak, port like notes. Lots of smokey and roasty notes all over htis bad boy. Some baking powder, coffee, and grit come out in the end.

4
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 This is one STOUT stout! Thick and sour with generous chocolate and burnt coffee flavors. Go for it...

3.4
JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 As much as I like Southampton’s Belgium beers, this one was a slight disappointment. I like the aroma, very burnt, full of chocolate and coffee. Opaque black color, small brown head. Flavor was fairly acidic and somewhat alcohol hot. Two problems I’ve had with more than a few imps. but I won’t have expected that from Southampton. Finish is alcohol dry and tart.

3.6
alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Was a little disappointed in this beer. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste was of chocolate and coffee. Somewhat fizzy and tart, which I did not enjoy.

4.2
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Crosling via trade. Excellent aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla cream, and roasted grain. Pours a dark brown, no transparency, with a nice tan head that lasts a minute or so. Initial flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, and roasted grain. Finishes with a roasted coffee bitterness. Mostly creamy mouthfeel with a touch of fizziness. Cafe mocha aftertaste. Gets a tad more maltier as you get to the bottom of the bottle.

3.3
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2005 Bottle Pours blackish with a thin cocoa-puff colored head. The aroma is a bit subdued: a hint of malt & chocolate When I took a sip, I initially got a tart taste on the tip of my tongue, which I didn’t like. Otherwise, it was dry, roasty w/ a clean finish.

3.8
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 2005 bottle generously opened by Eyedrinkale on 8/19/05 and drank by me the next morning for breakfast. Thick, inky black-brown colored beer, highly unfiltered and still pours a lovely tan head, well-retained and full of lacing. Smells quite restrained, dosent blow you away with hops or coffeeish roasted malt. Light anise, spanish coffee, prunes, raisins and a light milk chocolate. A bit of dry, earthy yeast in there too, with dry peanut brittle and green hops (herbal-floral, with just a touch of minty bitterness). Pleasant but dosent make me jump out of my seat and scream. First thing I notice upon drinking it, is how soft, milky-smooth and drinkable it is. Oily, rich fudgey chocolate and light roastiness. Hops come out on the end, with a green bitterness and flavorful, leafy, almost fruity and lightly herbal (mint, wintergreen). Towards the bottom of the bottle, gets a bit gritty, which I love, due to how unfiltered it is. A bit dulled towards the bottom of the bottle too, no doubt from the sediment. Only light fruit flavors emerge in this one, much less than in most other popular examples of the style. I really like that this is not overdone with hops bitterness and has more than just roast and dark chocolate. It’s a refreshing and drinkable take on the style. As the flavors build up on the palate, light black coffee from the salty roast really get intriguing, adding a touch of smokiness. Alcohol is well-concealed throughout the entire bottle. Moderate carbonation, perhaps too much for my liking. It’s wonderful that it isn’t overdone, but just being not overdone does not a top50 beer make, in my book, anyways. Thanks again Mike.


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